Do you have any cool Christmas traditions? If so, what are they?
Have you adapted new ones over the years? Have you inherited ones from your childhood?
Christmas is my favorite holiday of the year. No matter what mood I’m in, there is something about Christmas that can lift my spirits. It’s something about the lights, the friendly spirit everyone has, the music, etc., it all just puts me in the best moods. I remember doing so many things with my mother and sister growing up around Christmas. Now the best feeling in the world is being able to pass down those activities down to my daughter.
I find myself being a bit of a traditionalist around the holiday season. Most of which are ones that I have inherited from my childhood and they are things I will cherish forever in my life. My most favorite thing about adulthood and motherhood is being able to make new traditions with my daughter. Christmas is one of her favorite holidays and we have had fun making some of our own traditions over the years.
A Few Favorite Traditions…
- Putting up our Christmas decorations/tree on Black Friday: this is a tradition I got from my mother, and have inherited in my own family. Right after Thanksgiving, it has always been a routine tradition to bring out the Christmas tree and decorations and activate “Christmas mode”. Christmas music starts to play and it just gets you right into the spirit immediately! I’ve always agreed that once the house starts to look like Christmas, it makes you feel good all over.
- Elf on the Shelf: We started doing Elf on the Shelf with my daughter around 3 or 4 years ago. My daughter loves “Nani” and gets very excited when he comes to town because she knows that Christmas is getting close. She also knows that when her elf is in town, she has got to be on her very best behavior!! Nani has been in some of the oddest and most unique situations; however, whenever he comes, it’s always a great time; and it’s kind of a sad time when it’s time for him to leave.
- Opening one gift on Christmas Eve: This is a recently new tradition; allowing my daughter to be able to open at least 1 gift on Christmas Eve. This is not always an every year thing, but there have been a few years when I have allowed her to open up one special gift (which is typically something that I am anxious for her to see LOL).
- The Yearly Christmas Ornament: Every year we also get a new ornament to put on our Christmas tree. I let my daughter choose whichever one she wants. I allow it to be whatever she wants (even if it unfortunately does not match the theme or color scheme of my tree). She enjoys this process because it gives her the opportunity to express her individuality and personality each year.
So there you have it; just a few of my all-time favorite Christmas traditions that I do religiously each year.
What about you? What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions? And have you created any new ones this past year?